Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2016 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large Gants Competition

The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce the call for abstracts and proposals for the 2016 Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) Large Grants program.

We invite you to work with the Public Affairs section at U.S. Embassy Colombo to develop and submit proposals for possible funding under this initiative.

We request you to send proposals for large-scale, partnership-based projects to preserve significant cultural heritage sites in Sri Lanka through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Large grants program.

This opportunity is open to reputable and accountable non-commercial entities, such as non-governmental organizations, museums, ministries of culture, or similar institutions and organizations , including U.S.-based organizations subject to Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code, that are able to demonstrate that they have the requisite experience and capacity to manage projects to preserve cultural heritage.

AFCP Large grants program takes place in two rounds: Project Abstract (Round 1) and Full Project Proposal (Round 2).  Applicants who have previously received AFCP awards must have fulfilled all reporting requirements before applying for new awards.  As an attachment to this notification, we have included further details on the types of projects that can be funded.   Floor on Amount of Awards: $200,000 per project. Since 2008 awards made through this program for new large-scale projects have ranged from $500,000 to $979,000 with an average award amount of $575,400. Applicants may propose performance periods of up to 60 months (five years) demarcated in one-year budget periods (2016, 2017, 2018, etc.) The projects must begin before September 30, 2016 and conclude no later than September 30, 2020.  The deadline for receipt of abstract of the proposals is January 29, 2016, and the deadline for receipt of the proposals is February 26, 2016.

Please contact Ms. Nicole Chulick, Counselor, Press, Cultural & Educational Affairs on or 011-249-8144 for further information or to submit proposals.

If invited to submit Full Project Proposals to Round 2, an Embassy official will provide instructions.

An Embassy committee will review all proposals, select the most promising, and then send these to the Department of State in Washington for consideration.

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